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The Scorpion's Tail (Nora Kelly, 2) (original 2021; edition 2021)

by Douglas Preston (Author)

Series: Nora Kelly (2)

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From #1 bestselling authors Preston & Child comes a thrilling novel following archaeologist Nora Kelly and FBI Agent Corrie Swanson as they work together to solve a twisted crime that reaches far beyond any of their worst fears. Following the acclaimed debut of Old Bones, this second "happily anticipated" new thriller in Preston & Child's series features Nora Kelly, archaeologist at the Santa Fe Archeological Institute, and rookie FBI Agent Corrie Swanson, as they team up to solve a mystery that quickly escalates into nightmare (Booklist). A mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Corrie is assigned what seems to her a throwaway case: to ID the body and determine cause of death. She brings archaeologist Nora Kelly to excavate the body and lend her expertise to the investigation, and together they uncover something unexpected and shocking: the deceased apparently died in agony, in a fetal position, skin coming off in sheets, with a rictus of horror frozen on his face. Hidden on the corpse lies a 16th century Spanish gold cross of immense value. When they at last identify the body -- and the bizarre cause of death -- Corrie and Nora open a door into a terrifying, secret world of ancient treasure and modern obsession: a world centered on arguably the most defining, frightening, and transformative moment in American history.… (more)
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Title:The Scorpion's Tail (Nora Kelly, 2)
Authors:Douglas Preston (Author)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2021), 416 pages
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A mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Junior FBI Agent Corrie Swanson is assigned what seems to her a throwaway case: to ID the body and determine cause of death.

Corrie’s case turned out to be pretty complicated. She enlisted the help of archeologist Nora Kelly to excavate and examine the mummified corpse. There was a lot of archeology information and history about New Mexico as Corrie expanded the investigation based on what Nora found. It was interesting if a bit slow at times. The first three-quarters of the book was on this. The last quarter had a lot of action as they found out who was trying to stop their investigation. I think I liked the first book in this series better but I still enjoyed this enough to read more. ( )
  gaylebutz | Feb 28, 2022 |
This was a fun second book in the Nora Kelly series. It's a mystery adventure and less a thriller but still very entertaining, nonetheless.

This time newly minted FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned what appears to be an uninteresting case meant to keep her busy: identify a 50-year-old corpse found in an old ghost town and determine the cause of death. Corrie brings in Nora Kelly to make sure the body is properly excavated. Removing the body leads to more puzzles to solve and an ever-widening scope that eventually encompasses the sordid history of New Mexico.

I enjoyed the interwoven history of the Spanish colonization of New Mexico and the Pueblo Revolt. This lent a richness to the story that made it more satisfying. The new characters introduced in this book were also likeable and entertaining - Sheriff Wyatt and Corrie's supervisor Morwood. Corrie is slowly growing into her FBI role and becoming a little more confident, but because she is so new to the bureau, she still has to defer quite a bit to her superiors. I'm looking forward to her being more independent in future. And I'm quite curious to see if Nora will be playing a much larger role with the FBI, based on how this book ended. ( )
  niaomiya | Feb 1, 2022 |
More enjoyable than book 1 in the series, I found "The Scorpion's Tail" engrossing, believable, and even somewhat educational. The plot was well conceived and ripe with numerous twists and turns. Both Nora Kelly and Corrie Swanson were tough, determined, and dogged in their pursuit of a mystery that could lead them to untold riches.
I wasn't sure that I would continue the series after the book 1 Donner Party story, but after this solid novel, I'm looking forward to book 3. ( )
  coachtim30 | Jan 16, 2022 |
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child’s The Scorpion’s Tail is the second of their Nora Kelly novels. Dr. Kelly, an archaeologist, previously appeared in several of Preston & Child’s Pendergast novels as well as the standalone novel, Thunderhead. Joining her is Corrie Swanson, who first assisted Pendergast on a case while she was in high school in Still Life with Crows. She later graduated from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and joined the FBI, becoming Pendergast’s protégé after a fashion. The story begins with Corrie investigating a shootout between a county sheriff and a looter at a ghost town on federal land. She consults with Nora when they find a corpse on the site with a valuable artifact among its belongings. What starts out as a simple consultation draws them into a web of intrigue tracing back to the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 with rumors of a vast gold treasure, different groups looking for historical plunder, the atomic bomb, and the internal politics of academe and the FBI. A great story that fans of Preston & Child will enjoy while the authors’ love for the American Southwest comes through on every page. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Jan 15, 2022 |
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  5083mitzi | Jan 1, 2022 |
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From #1 bestselling authors Preston & Child comes a thrilling novel following archaeologist Nora Kelly and FBI Agent Corrie Swanson as they work together to solve a twisted crime that reaches far beyond any of their worst fears. Following the acclaimed debut of Old Bones, this second "happily anticipated" new thriller in Preston & Child's series features Nora Kelly, archaeologist at the Santa Fe Archeological Institute, and rookie FBI Agent Corrie Swanson, as they team up to solve a mystery that quickly escalates into nightmare (Booklist). A mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Corrie is assigned what seems to her a throwaway case: to ID the body and determine cause of death. She brings archaeologist Nora Kelly to excavate the body and lend her expertise to the investigation, and together they uncover something unexpected and shocking: the deceased apparently died in agony, in a fetal position, skin coming off in sheets, with a rictus of horror frozen on his face. Hidden on the corpse lies a 16th century Spanish gold cross of immense value. When they at last identify the body -- and the bizarre cause of death -- Corrie and Nora open a door into a terrifying, secret world of ancient treasure and modern obsession: a world centered on arguably the most defining, frightening, and transformative moment in American history.

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A mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Junior FBI Agent Corrie Swanson is assigned what seems to her a throwaway case: to ID the body and determine cause of death.
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